Tesla never married, saying that his chastity was very helpful to his scientific abilities.[8]:33 However, toward the end of his life, he told a reporter, “Sometimes I feel that by not marrying, I made too great a sacrifice to my work …”[27] There have been numerous accounts of women vying for Tesla’s affection, even some madly in love with him.[citation needed] Tesla, though polite and soft-spoken, did not have any known relationships.